Best Men's Colognes & Fragrances Under 50

Although we’d like to splash out on a quality fragrance, our budgets don’t always allow for a $100 cologne. However, many men prefer not to buy something that’s on a tight budget under $30 either.

Therefore, we tend to look for a great men’s cologne that’s somewhere in between. Usually, this budget floats around the $50 mark and for this price, it opens a lot of possibilities.

Using our extensive fragrance reviews, we have assembled a list to help you find the Best Men’s Cologne Under $50 that you can buy online. Each one of these has been tested and compared with a wide range of alternatives.

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What Are The Best Men’s Fragrances Under $50?

Best Men’s Cologne Under 50 Dollars:

  1. Dunhill Icon
  2. Dolce & Gabbana The One
  3. Versace Eros
  4. Kenzo Pour Homme
  5. Ralph Lauren Polo Blue

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Best Fragrances Under $50 Guide Reviewed by Paul Anthony on .
Rating: 5.0 ★★★★★

1. Dunhill Icon Eau de Parfum [Best Fall Fragrance]

Paco Rabanne Pour Homme Packaging and Bottle by Oak Stump and Moss
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  • Fragrance Family: Woody Aromatic
  • Seasonality: Fall
  • Occasion: Formal
  • Longevity: 4/5
  • Best Price: $45 for 100 ml [Buy Now]

Why Is It Worth The Price?

With a rich and resinous woody aroma profile, Dunhill Icon offers a superior sensory experience. For a mid-range price, its performance is outstanding and provides both long-lasting projection and an enduring longevity. Once in the $100 range, it’s now available at a steal.

Read More: Dunhill Icon Review.


Fall & Winter

Aroma Profile

  • Head: Bergamot, Neroli, Petitgrain, Pepper
  • Heart: Lavender, Iris, Sage, Juniper
  • Base: Oak Moss, Agarwood, Labdanum

2. Dolce & Gabbana [Best Winter Fragrance]

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  • Fragrance Family: Woody Oriental Amber
  • Seasonality: Winter
  • Occasion: Romantic
  • Longevity: 3/5
  • Best Price: $49 for 100 ml [Buy Now]

Why Is It Worth The Price?

Featuring deeply sensual tobacco and leather accords that are perfect for the winter season, The One is a heady fragrance. Although its not the best performer in longevity, it’s ideal for dates during those harsh winter months. Being a touch under $50, it sits squarely in this budget.

Read More: Dolce & Gabbana The One Review.



Aroma Profile

  • Head: Grapefruit, Basil, Coriander
  • Heart: Nutmeg, Ginger, Neroli, Cardamom
  • Base: Tonka Bean, Ambergris, Cedar, Guaiac

3. Versace Eros [Best All-Year Fragrance]

Versace Eros Bottle On Grass & Earth
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  • Fragrance Family: Aromatic Fougère
  • Seasonality: All Year
  • Occasion: Romantic
  • Longevity: 4/5
  • Best Price: $49 for 100 ml [Buy Now]

Why Is It Worth The Price?

A breathtakingly fruity and complex aromatic fougère, Eros is an ideal all-year performer. If you’re on a budget and you don’t want to build out a collection for all seasons, this may be an ideal companion from those spring days to the hard winter months.

Full review coming soon.



Aroma Profile

  • Head: Mint, Lemon, Apple
  • Heart: Tonka Bean, Geranium, Ambroxan
  • Base: Vanilla, Cedar, Vetiver, Oak Moss

4. Kenzo Pour Homme [Best Summer Fragrance]

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  • Fragrance Family: Aquatic Aromatic
  • Seasonality: Spring & Summer
  • Occasion: Casual
  • Longevity: 4/5
  • Best Price: $40 for 100 ml [Buy Now]

Why Is It Good For Summer?

A veritable marine adventure, Kenzo Pour Homme offers an experience akin to calm blue ocean and lazy seaweed swaying with driftwood under the glaring sun. A salty seaweed head interacts with mahogany before an aromatic heart, which leads to a ambergris and cedar base.

Read More: Kenzo Pour Homme Review.



Aroma Profile

  • Head: Seaweed, Bergamot, Mahogany
  • Heart: Geranium, Jasmin, Sage, Cloves
  • Base: Oak Moss, Patchouli, Cedar, Ambergris

5. Ralph Lauren Polo Blue [Best Casual Fragrance]

Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Bottle On Mint Leaves
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  • Fragrance Family: Aromatic Fougère
  • Seasonality: Spring & Summer
  • Occasion: Casual
  • Longevity: 2/5
  • Best Price: $50 for 125 ml [Buy Now]

Why Is It Worth The Price?

With fresh melon, basil and cucumber notes, Polo Blue is a refreshing choice. Ideal for summer parties and workouts, it may not be one of the best performing fragrances but it’ll keep you cool under the searing sun. We prefer Kenzo for general summer wear but Polo Blue is an excellent alternative.

Read More: Ralph Lauren Polo Blue review



Aroma Profile

  • Head: Melon, Clementine, Cucumber
  • Heart: Geranium, Sage, Basil, Leather
  • Base: Patchouli, Oak Moss, White Amber

How Do We Choose The Best Fragrances Under $50?

Dunhill ICON box with bagAs we will often highlight, all reviews are written using the Bespoke Unit Fragrance Formula. Our in-house review matrix enables us to provide a quantifiable verdict based on objective scores and evaluations.

This is challenging given that fragrances are a subjective matter. However, we have worked hard to develop an unbiased system. During this process, our reviews are provided scores among which is the value for money. This takes into account the RRP as well as the price we paid in case there was a sale.

Dolce & Gabbana The One Bottle & Cigar Humidor

We base all these prices on 100ml bottles given that there are many volumes available. This allows us to properly stack them up against one another according to price.

As a result, we ensure that we recommend fragrances according to their value for money when buying the same volume. For instance, it would be unfair to recommend a 25 ml vial at $50 in this list. Similarly, it would be misleading to include a large 6.7 Oz bottle as the bulk price per volume would be less.

On its own, the value for money score only accounts for 4% of the final verdict in the Bespoke Unit Fragrance Formula. However, when archiving our results on a spreadsheet, we can filter out the low scores whilst sorting them by pricing.

Once this is done, we are able to pick out the top 5 fragrances very easily simply based on their results in the original review. Using this as a basis rather than our personal opinions allows us to provide an impartial and comprehensive list of the best men’s colognes under $50.

What Next?

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